The search for survivors in a train crash in Bahanaga ended Saturday, with the death toll at 288. Some 803 were injured as the crash and subsequent derailment on Friday, which is considered the worst such incident in over 20 years. Rescue workers used equipment on site Saturday to assist in retrieving bodies trapped in various train cars.
Senior railway official Jaya Verma Sinha revealed that a preliminary investigation found initially the correct signal was given to the high-speed Coromandel Express to run on the main track line. Then the signal changed, and the train instead entered the adjacent loop line where it rammed into a freight loaded with iron ore.
Officials still have not determined if the signal change was a technical or human error.
Two South Eastern Railway passenger trains containing 2,300 passengers total were derailed in the crash that also involved one goods train.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishna promised families of the dead will receive 1 million rupees, worth $12,000, while the seriously injured will get 200,000 rupees, with 50,000 rupees for minor injuries.
Indian railways typically transport 13 million passengers every day.